Zibane, Sibonisile

Zibane, Sibonisile


Discipline Social Work
Email zibanes@ukzn.ac.za
Contact Number 031-260-1216
Campus Howard College Campus
Office Address Room F220, Memorial Tower Building
Last Updated 2 years ago

Degrees Held

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology), UKZN, 2017
  • Masters in Social Work (Welfare Policy), UKZN, 2002
  • BTech in Correctional Services Management, UNISA, 2000
  • Bachelor of Social Work, UNIZUL, 1994.

Research Interests

  • Africology
  • Decoloniality
  • African-Centred Psychosocial Support
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Forensic social work
  • Community Based Work with vulnerable groups

Teaching Interests

  • Afrocentric Understanding of Human Behaviour and the Social Environment
  • Working with Groups in Social Work
  • Gender, AIDS and Violence
  • Social Work Research Theory and Practice
  • Social Work Practice
  • Auxiliary Social Work and Community Care Work

Selected awards

  • 2014  Thuthuka Grant for PHD: National Research Foundation
  • 2012 Competitive Research Grant Award
  • 2011 SANTRUST PHD Proposal Writing
  • 2010 Educator of the Year Award (Up and Coming Category): Association of South African Schools of Social Work Education Institutions (ASASWEI).  UKZN SANTRUST Pre-Doctoral Programme Award

Selected Publications

Community Involvement

  • 2020/2021, HWSETA/UKZN COVID-19 Psychosocial Support Project Award, A project of Ma’at Institute, UKZN
  • 2021, Guest Editor: Alternation. Special Issue: Intellectualisation of African Languages in Higher Education Institutions as a Strategy for Decolonisation and Transformation
  • 2020/2021, Mapping Social Work in Higher Education during COVID-19 (UKZN, University of Complutense, Madrid, & National Autonomous University of Mexico)
  • 2021, Towship History Project, UKZN/DUT/MUT and Sinomlando Centre
  • 2020/2021, NIHSS Project Intellectualisation of IsiZulu in four selected Universities in KZN (UKZN, MUT, DUT & UNIZUL)
  • 2020/2021, University of Eswatini/UKZN Social Work Practice Education Project
  • 2019 to date, Associate Editor: The Southern African Journal of Social Work & Social Development
  • 2019 to date, Thuthuka Grant: Post-PhD The project title is ‘Africanisation of Social Work Education.’


  • Motivational Expertise
  • Consciousness Raising
  • Advancing Afrocentric thought
  • Promotion of Decolonial scholarship

Student Supervision